How do I live a good, full life in the midst of infertility? Two practices have really helped me in my healing:1. Staying present.2. Paying attention to ordinary things. Let me show you what I mean: I started listening to the RENT soundtrack over twenty years ago when my freshman year roommate introduced me to… Continue reading A Good, Full Life
It’s Okay to Smile
I remember back when I was sad all the time, back when I first found out about my infertility. Even though I was devastated and in the throes of grief, every now and then I’d hear something or see something that would cause me to smile. At first it felt really weird and almost sacrilegious… Continue reading It’s Okay to Smile
A PSA for What Not to Say
I’m continually amazed by humanity. We can invent things like telephones and apps like Facetime that keep us connected with people from around the world. We can find cures for serious, life-threatening diseases. We can push our bodies to the limits for competitions like the Olympics or Ultra Marathons. We can create songs and artwork… Continue reading A PSA for What Not to Say
Finding Focus — or at least searching for it!
Where do I want to focus my time on social media?Do I need to separate out my blog and quilting business into two different websites?Who is my blog audience? Is there more than one? If so, do I need to focus on one?How can I get more blog traffic and grow my blog audience? Is… Continue reading Finding Focus — or at least searching for it!
I’ve never been a very patriotic person – in the sense that I don’t fly a flag or wear flags on my clothes or sing many patriotic songs. It wasn’t something my family emphasized growing up. I wonder if some of that comes from my grandparent’s Mennonite background? I’m honestly not sure, but it just… Continue reading Helicopters
A year ago or so a woman contacted me about making her wedding quilt. It’s similar to the one I made for us, but instead of only having guests at showers write messages on fabric, she had all of her wedding guests do this. So, her fabric squares ended up being her guest book. After… Continue reading Fail
I love tulips. When the stems break free from the dirt in the early spring, I know that winter is (mostly) behind us. The beautiful yellows, reds, pinks and purples that fill my flowerbeds each spring make me so happy. I love the colors and the blooms. I love the signs new life they offer… Continue reading Bulbs
Two days ago I thought about writing a post about Katy, then this morning Facebook reminded me of this photo I posted of my younger brother and Andrew. I don’t always follow Facebook’s lead, but this time I had no choice. The summer before fourth grade we moved – not just to… Continue reading Katy
Several months ago I was taking a shower (I have taken some since then as well) and I saw a spider. Normally when I see a spider in the shower I find away to get rid of it. But this time was different. I stood there staring at it. I couldn't take my eyes off… Continue reading Spiders